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Hundreds of snakes slither into Sweetwater for Rattlesnake Round-Up

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 08 2013 05:43:32 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 08 2013 07:48:38 PM CST
SWEETWATER, Texas -

Hundreds of snakes slithered their way into the Nolan County Coliseum Friday.

Some visitors were fearless.

"I'm not scared," said Sydney Ramirez.

"They might be dangerous, but I'm not afraid," said Lei Wei, a foreign exchange student from Hardin-Simmons University.

Some wanted nothing to do with the reptiles.

"I'm weak at the knees. I don't like snakes," said Ann Carley. "No way. I won't hold the snake."

People come from all over to check out the "World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up."

"I think it's awesome. Some snakes, skins, I've never seen anything like it before," said Wei.

The event featured several vendors selling everything from stuffed snakes to rattlesnake earrings.

There was also a concession stand to buy fried rattlesnake.

"I heard it's pretty good. I don't know...it's a first for me," said Jime Garcia.

And after a few minutes, Ann Carley was ready for a first too. She gained the courage to touch a rattlesnake.

"Oh wow, oh that's so cool," said Carley.

The Rattlesnake Round-Up runs through the weekend.

Saturday it is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults (ages 13 and up), $5 for students (ages 6 to 12). There is also a military discount with I.D. of $5.